Bonita’s Cameron Middleton headed to Augusta National for Drive, Chip, and Putt

by Joanne Miller

At just eight years old, Cameron Middleton is already making a name for himself in the world of golf. Supported by sponsors like Taylormade and Under Armour, Cameron has amassed an impressive following of over 13,000 Instagram followers. Recently, he secured a spot to play at Augusta National after coming out on top of a regional qualifying event.

Cameron’s journey to Augusta began when he won the Drive, Chip, and Putt Regional Qualifier in St. Simons Island, Georgia. This victory earned him a trip to the national finals, where he will compete in the Boys 7-9 bracket on Sunday, April 7, leading into Masters week. This achievement is just one of many for Cameron, who is known as the “Trick Shot King” for his incredible shot-making abilities displayed on social media.

While Cameron initially gained fame for his entertaining trick shots, he is now showing the world that he is a formidable young golfer with solid fundamentals. He credits his trick shot skills for helping him in competitive tournaments, like the one he recently won. Despite his age, Cameron’s talent and determination have already captured the attention and admiration of many.

For Cameron and his family, the opportunity to play at Augusta National is a dream come true. To them, it represents something truly special and unique. Cameron’s father, Marc, shared the significance of the experience, saying, “You can be a millionaire, and you can’t buy your way into it. You have to be chosen, you have to be selected… and our little 8-year-old is chosen to go there. It’s all very surreal.”

Earning the chance to play on such hallowed ground is a momentous occasion for the Middletons, and they are grateful for the support they have received along the way. They acknowledge the Junior Tour by Under Armour for their commitment to youth golfers in the area and highlight their home course at Stoneybrook in Estero, which has provided Cameron with the facilities and instruction he needs to grow as a golfer.

Despite his success, Cameron and his family maintain that the most important goal is to have fun and enjoy the game. They want to ensure that golf doesn’t become a burden for Cameron at such a young age. His mother, Gina, emphasizes this sentiment, saying, “I don’t care if you come in first, last, or in the middle, as long as you go out and have a good time and do your best. That’s all that’s ever important.”

Looking ahead, Cameron has set his sights on more than just one trip to Augusta. His ultimate goal is to win the Drive, Chip, and Putt tournament and then compete in the Masters. With his talent and dedication, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Cameron achieve these ambitious goals in the future.

As Cameron Middleton prepares to play at Augusta National, his story serves as an inspiration to young golfers around the world. His journey demonstrates the power of passion, dedication, and a love for the game. Regardless of his success, Cameron’s story reminds us all to enjoy the process and embrace the opportunities that come our way.

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